Degree Requirements

Major in Religious Studies (33 credits)

Students who major in religious studies may receive either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. degree requires the following cognate sequence: STA 215, US 300, and one of the following: ANT 315, PLS 300, PSY 385 or SOC 357.

CORE COURSES (Credits: 12). All majors are required to take the following courses:
REL 100 Religions of the World
REL 200 Introduction to Religious Studies: Concepts, Methods and Traditions
REL 300 Contemporary Theories and Issues in Religious Studies
REL 495 Religious Studies Senior Seminar (capstone)

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON TRADITIONS COURSES (Credits: 9). All majors are required to take three of the following courses:
LIB 300 Jewish Scriptures and Traditions
REL 305 Christianity: Scriptures and Tradition
PHI 210 Eastern Philosophy
MES 350 Islam: Scriptures and Rituals

DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES COURSES (Credits: 6): All majors are required to take two of the following courses:
ANT 315 Comparative Religions
LIB 335 Sacred Texts - Global Contexts
PHI 343 Philosophy of Religion
PLS 330 Religion and Politics in U.S.
PSY 385 Psychology of Religion
SOC 357 Sociology of Religion

ELECTIVES (Credits: 6): All majors are required to take two of the following courses:
PHI 341 Death and Dying
PHI 306 Eastern Great Philosophers
HST 376 History of Witches
HST 337 Age of Islamic Empire
HST 211 History of Islamic Civilization
CLA 315 Ancient Religion
ANT 316 Death, Burial and Culture
PHI 312 Medieval Great Philosophers
MGT 340 Business, Social Change, Ethics
HST 342 History of East Asian Religions
HST 311 History of Religion/ U.S.
ENG 204 World Mythology CJ 405 Terrorism

 

Minor in Religious Studies (21 credits)

  • REL 100 Religions of the World
  • REL 200 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Two courses from the Global Perspectives category
  • One course from the Disciplinary Approaches category
  • One course from designated Electives
  • Plus one additional course from Global Perspectives on Traditions, Electives,
    or Disciplinary Approaches categories